Progressing negotiations on 800-plus claims – September 2023
With more than 800 submitted claims to be considered during negotiations for the Ambulance Victoria Enterprise Agreement 2024 (AVEA 2024), Ambulance Victoria has worked with employee bargaining representatives to group related claims to help progress discussions.
Negotiations have progressed well and claim groups discussed to date include locations of work, end of shift management, flexibility, rostering, uniform and protective clothing, salary packaging, WorkCover and rehabilitation and some claims specific to job classifications.
Ambulance Victoria is committed to discussing all claims during the bargaining process and the agreed order in which claims are being discussed does not reflect the importance of any particular claim or claim group.
We have identified some claims we want to discuss further to explore the potential for achievable alternatives that consider the impact for our people, operational performance and budget. Ambulance Victoria is currently working to develop achievable alternatives for consideration by bargaining representatives to improve our people’s experience at work.
AV is committed to working with employee bargaining representatives to negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement that is fair, reasonable and financially sustainable, to continue building a workplace where our people thrive and we deliver best care to our patients.
Ambulance Victoria shares its log of claims – June 2023
Negotiations for the Ambulance Victoria Enterprise Agreement (AVEA 2024) are progressing well and on 20 June 2023 we shared the Ambulance Victoria employer log of claims with our people after presenting it to employee bargaining representatives.
Ambulance Victoria wants to deliver a new Enterprise Agreement that addresses the evolving needs of our workforce and helps meet the increasingly complex and demanding health care and service delivery environment.
Our log of claims has 11 claims as starting points for discussion to improve our workplace for our people and patients.
In some cases, Ambulance Victoria wants to discuss changes to align to recent updates to the Fair Work Act, and to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission recommendations on equality and workplace reform.
During bargaining, Ambulance Victoria has the opportunity to work with employee representatives to achieve additional improvements to our people’s experience at work in response to more than 800 submitted claims.
In discussing the large number of claims submitted by your representatives, Ambulance Victoria has identified six key themes we believe will guide the bargaining process to deliver a positive outcome.
To help improve our workplace for our people and patients, Ambulance Victoria wants to agree a new Enterprise Agreement that delivers mutually beneficial outcomes including improvements to equality, diversity and inclusion; career and salary; experience at work; support; work mobility; and flexibility and balance.
Bargaining commences – February 2023
Ambulance Victoria and employee representatives (the Victorian Ambulance Union (VAU) and United Workers Union/Ambulance Employees Australia Victoria (UWU/AEAV) met in early February 2023 to commence negotiations for our next Ambulance Victoria Enterprise Agreement (the AVEA 2024) to continue building an organisation in which our people thrive, to support the delivery of Best Care for the Victorian community.
This is in line with the requirement to commence bargaining 12 months prior to the expiry of the current AVEA 2020.
The AVEA 2024 will contain the employment terms and conditions for some administrative roles covered by the agreement and our operational workforce for the next few years. Working with our people to reach agreement for this new Enterprise Agreement is a priority for us.
Ambulance Victoria commenced discussions by outlining our commitment to working with employee representatives to identify opportunities to achieve the best possible outcome for our people, our organisation and the Victorian community while meeting the increasingly complex and demanding health care and service delivery challenges ahead.
We spent time at the first meeting discussing each other’s priorities and why they are important to our employees, as well as setting up the arrangements to support a constructive and collaborative bargaining period ahead.
We look forward to working with our people and their employee representatives to agree our new Ambulance Victoria Enterprise Agreement in 2024.